Araceli Garcia is a RISE AmeriCorps member with the Iowa Latino Affairs Commission.
Araceli, whose parents immigrated from Mexico when they were young, is a recent graduate from Iowa State University. She majored in Animal Science with a specialization in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in Spanish.
Recognizing that there is low representation of latinx in the veterinary fields, Araceli hopes to advocate for and communicate to the Spanish-speaking community to further promote the importance of these fields to underrepresented communities.
She joined La Línea de Ayuda because the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the need for resources and services in accessible languages and the fact that sometimes all someone needs is someone to guide them in the right direction.